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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

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Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt front receiver hitch part number C31018 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2". Front Receiver Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Curt Front Receiver Hitch - C31018

  • Curt
  • Front Mount Hitch
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
  • 500 lbs Vert Load
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Square Tube

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.


Features:

  • Front-mount hitch provides attachment point for hitch-mounted accessories
    • Winch, spare tire carrier, snowplow, cargo carrier and more
    • No more blindly backing trailer in - just hook it up and drive it forward
  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over steel resists corrosion
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Assembled in USA


Specs:

  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 500 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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31018 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - C31018

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (39 Customer Reviews)

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.

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Quality product has worked well for me. I use this front mount too carry a folded up wheelchair/mobility scooter lift to Fla. Most assembly was done with one person, however it did require two people for about 10% of the install. 582181



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Ford F-450 Super Duty

A great front hitch. I liked that it could be inverted to be below the air dam. Used it for carrying bicycles. Traded the truck and will be ordering one soon for a new F450. Curt has some good designers. Really like the Q16 with roller slider and now the Q24 with the puck mounting system. Fine products! 355880



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Ford

Installed the hitch on my 2016 Ford 350HD without much difficulty. (would be no difficulty if I had a helper to help do some lifting, but just myself - me and a jack). The receiver can be installed either with the tube low or high. High meant that I had to cut a notch in my air dam, so I installed it low which still had good ground clearance. If I ever need it higher, then the attachment plate allows one to just reverse the bolt placement and cut a notch in the air dam. I use the receiver for my 9000 lb. winch so that I can use the winch for pulling whatever. Have pulled stumps, trees, etc. with it with no problem whatsoever. Good heavy duty receiver. Didn't even have to take the tow hooks off. Good purchase. 585641



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Ford F-250 Super Duty

This Curt front-end receiver hitch was easy to install using common hand tools and a hydraulic jack. It was possible to mount without the jack, but it made the install easier for a single handed job. The instructions were easy to follow and after mounting, I was able to carry 2 bikes on the front of my F-250 and a slide-in camper on the rear. All in all, it was exactly what I hoped for when I ordered it. The model specific fit was perfect for my situation. 633972



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2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty

This fit perfect and e-trailer’s video was easy to follow for the install. Did it myself in a couple hours. Just used a block of wood to help hold up the center section when I was installing it. Installed in the higher position so had to cut a hole in the plastic trim. 2011 f350 crew cab 4x4. 740336



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2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This item is everything it's claimed to be. Very well designed, great finish and perfect fit. Installation is easy (for one person) however I recommend watching the installation video for the "Tech Tips" which proved very useful. In the video the truck is on a lift which is ideal, however when working on the ground, space is limited when using a long handle torque wrench. A couple additional tips I found useful are: First, drive onto ramps for the extra clearance when using the torque wrench. When re-using the factory nuts and bolts (18-mm in used front two holes of frame) use 2 of the supplied fishing wires together on the bolts; this keeps them from falling away from the frame while lining them up. Use an 18-mm ratcheted box wrench to remove the inner bolts on the passenger side of the frame when removing factory tie-down brackets For the receiver extending thru the air dam I wanted it to extend thru a hole and not cut out a notch for a factory look. I covered the area with blue painters tape. I measured up from the bottom 4" and marked the tape; took a straight edge and marked tape up from the sides of the receiver tube to mark a 3" square. Next I outlined the 3" square with green painters tape to outline the cut-out area. I used a sharp utility knife to make the cut. Take your time and it cuts very easily. (save the cutout plastic) After installing receiver you can trim the saved cutout to fill in any opening at the bottom. I used with JB Weld to glue the trimmed piece back into place. Install a receiver cover for a clean finished look. All this took 2.5 hours without any extra hands. Thanks etrailer.com! 704574



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2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Very Pleased with this Front Mount Hitch I installed on my 2016 F250 Super Duty. EVERYTHING fit prefect and installation was straight forward. I did this install myself (1 person), If you take your time, work smart, it is very doable for anyone that can turn wrenches. Once the side brackets were bolted to the frame, I used a floor Jack to lift the roll & hitch into place. This makes it an easy 1 person job. I wanted the Hitch in the "upper" position and a nice clean look, so instead of just notching the air dam as is suggested, I took my time and cut a square that allowed the hitch to pass thru from behind. The end result is an install that looks like it was designed to be there. Also I placed painters tape on the air dam so I could use a black sharpie to mark up my opening and easily redo if needed. And yes I redid it a few times till I was satisfied with the planned location. Lastly i was able to drill a hole in all 4 corners of my desired opening and then used a utility knife with a new blade to cut out the opening. Took my time and the results were worth the effort. I have and could have used a rotary tool, yet feel I have better control with a sharp knife. Suggest watching the On-Line Install Video prior to getting started. 2012 install Video was the exact procedure for my 2016. Working alone with no air tools, planning out the air dam opening location, and just taking my time, it took about 2.5 hours to complete the install...... 497768



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When I received my hitch, the carton was broken open and a few bolts and nuts were missing. Customer service was great! They responded immediately by sending a complete hardware package to me. Couldn't have been happier. Oh, and by the way, the hitch is great also. 895966



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2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Bolted perfectly in place on my 2011 Diesel F-250, this hitch is built extremely well with quality above all, thank you for a great product. 892390



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2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I ordered a front hitch of my 2016 F250 Super-duty truck. Received it very quickly. Was exactly how it was described and install took me less than 1 1/2 hrs installing by myself. Very easy instructions to follow. 807183



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Arrived in just 4 days after ordering. Fit just right. Installed in an hour 807023



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Easy to install, works great for front mounted winching. 800921



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Easy install great product took about 45 min 794123



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2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

2014 F-250 FX4. Ordered this hitch on Friday, and received it on Tuesday. Instructions were simple, it took less that 2 hours to install. It made backing my boat around a corner and into my carport easier than I had hoped. I shoulda installed a front-end hitch a long time ago. My initial concern was losing ground clearance, but the brackets only extend below the air dam by about 1/2". 782731



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Install took about an hour total. Video instructions were spot on, no issues. Works as advertised with no problems so far! 766065



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Perfect!...one word that covers everything...prompt shipping...everything in box plus...good instructions plus on line tutorial...Great fit!...another great experience with etrailer...Thanks! 747027



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2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Very satisfied with the front hitch from Curt. Installed on 2016 F350 4x4. 6.7 diesel. True bolt on hitch. No drilling or modifying. I installed mine in the high position and am using it to carry a motorcycle on front of truck while pulling 5th wheel. Instructions supplied are not great but etrailer has an install video which helps a lot. Took about 1.5 hours for me to install. Needed an 18mm box end wrench rather than ratchet to get 2 of the 8 factory bolts off due to an A/C hose close to bolts. Only hand tools required. Comes with all hardware and pull wires to facilitate install. When fully installed the hitch pin is behind the lower air dam/facia of the truck with only about 2 inches of the receiver tube showing. I purchase this hitch due to the 3 piece construction which gives low and high hitch option and I feel also makes it far easier for single person installation. 734114



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Great Front Hitch. Installed in the upper position so I have plenty of ground clearance. Everything needed to install was supplied, they even supplied a very handy wire snake tool for installing the bolts in the frame, this made the install easy. 732197



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George I have not installed it. I bought a different truck. 695116


Comments
Haven’t installed yet. Nice powder coat paint
Marty - 08/29/2020

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Once I received all the parts, installation went smoothly. Very happy with the way it all turned out. 694977



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quality product . installed easily . used to mount my winch and has functioned perfectly probably have used winch 8-10 times to pull out tractor and truck 670794



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Product arrived quickly. Installed in about an hour after watching video. Needed a bit of help when installing the cross bar receiver section but still went well. MP 634064



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Great product 633627



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2012 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Package extremely damaged when delivered. Contents appear to be intact and damage free. 603275



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2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Last year I ordered Front end Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch for my 2016 Ford F250 Truck. I was totally satisfied how fast it came as well has how helpful the instructions were online and in the box. The great part about this Hitch was you could mount it at two different heights depending on your usage. I would definitely recommend etrailer for order other items in the future. 580661


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Front Receiver Hitch

  • Front Mount Hitch Receiver for a 2015 Ford F-350 4x4
    There are bound to be some slight differences amongst the year vehicles that Curt front receiver # C31018 fits. The truck in the video, linked for reference, is a 2012 so there have been some design changes between then and the 2015 models. But the hitch does fit the 2015 Ford F-350 4x4s. Another option is Draw-Tite hitch # 65049. It has a different design than the Curt hitch. You can compare the installations because I have linked a video showing how the Draw-Tite hitch installs as...
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  • Can Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31018 Support 389 Pounds
    Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" Item # C31018 has a 500 pound vertical load limited so the 389 pounds combined for the motorcycle and the carrier is within that capacity.
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  • Comparing Curt and Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitches for a 2015 Ford F-250
    Curt front mount trailer hitch # C31018 only fits 4 wheel drive models of the 2015 Ford F-250. Draw-Tite front mount hitch # 65049 will fit both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive models (minor fascia trimming required for installation on 4 wheel drive models). I have included links to the instructions for each and a link to a video showing installation for the Draw-Tite hitch.
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  • Front Mount Receiver and Snow Plow for a 2016 Ford F-250 4x4
    For your 2016 Ford F-250 4x4 I recommend Curt front mount receiver hitch # C31018. This hitch can be mounted in a high or low position. If mounted in the high position there is some trimming required so you can access the receiver. No trimming is required for the low position and the receiver will be below the front air dam. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a snow plow a popular option is the K2 plow # SB324-082. This plow is 88 inches wide and comes...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Ford F-250 with 2-Wheel Drive
    When I enter your 2012 Ford F-250 into our fit guide and then select front mount hitches and choose 2 wheel drive from the drop down menu the only front mount hitch that comes up is # 65049. I included a screenshot of the results page. I also verified this with Draw-Tite. Like you said the Curt hitch # C31018 is designed for 4 wheel drive models. And # C31008 is for 2008 to 2010 like you said so that other site is not correct. For your 2 wheel drive 2012 Ford F-250, you want front...
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  • Can a Front Mount Trailer Hitch be Used to Carry Bikes
    You can use a front mount hitch such as # C31018 for a bike carrier. But there are a few things you will need to be aware of. When the bikes are loaded on the carrier they can reduce driver visibility and somewhat restrict airflow to the motor. In some cases they can also block the front lights on the vehicle. Reduced visibility and airflow to the motor probably will not be an issue in most cases. But if the lights are blocked you would have to remove the wheels on the bikes.
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  • Can You Tow A Truck With The Front Hitch Receiver?
    No. You cannot tow a truck using a front receiver hitch like the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2", # C31018. There are legal requirements to tow a vehicle for your safety and others. I've included an article to assist as this set-up to flat tow includes base plates, bars, safety chains, wiring, and braking. If you'd like help with getting the right components for safely towing a vehicle, I'd be happy to help. I will just need the year/make/and model of the...
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  • Can Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Be Installed Higher on a 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Draw-Tite front mount trailer hitch # 65049 can only be mounted one way on a 2013 Ford F-250. The side brackets are welded on to the cross member so it will only go on one way. I have linked the instructions and a video showing installation for you. On Curt front hitch # C31018 the side brackets bolts to the cross member. If you bolts the cross member on with the receiver on top it will exit the vehicle at a different position, just like you said. Page 3 of the instructions, linked for...
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  • Fascia Trimming When Installing Curt Front Mount Hitch # C31018 On 2015 Ford F-350
    The Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # C31018 is confirmed to fit your 2015 Ford F-350 if you have the 4WD model. The hitch center section can be installed in either a raised or lowered position. If you mount it in the lowered position, the receiver will rest below the front fascia and won't require any trimming or modification. If you want to mount it in the raised position, this will require that a section of fascia be removed for the receiver to protrude through. If you plan...
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  • Availability of Front Mounted Receiver Hitch for 2016 Ford F-350
    According to Draw-Tite, their # 65049 carries over to the 2016 model F350. Since the Draw-Tite hitches carry over, it's likely that the Curt # C31018 will carry over also, however because Curt hasn't confirmed the fit yet we cannot make any guarantees. To see the installation instructions or view an install video, please click the provided links.
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  • Is Bumper Trimming Required to Install a Front Mount Receiver on a 2015 Ford F-250
    The Curt front mount hitch # C31018 should only require fascia trimming if it is installed in the "rise" position. There are 2 ways this hitch can be installed and the receiver will either be below the front fascia or exit higher up. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. The Draw-Tite hitch, # 65049, only requires fascia trimming if the truck is a 4-wheel drive model. I have linked instructions for this hitch as well.
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  • Front Mount Receiver for a 2016 Ford F-350 4x4
    Curt front mount trailer hitch # C31018 does fit the 2016 Ford F-350 4x4 models. I have also included a link to a video showing an example installation of this hitch for you. The front mount hitch for the 2014 F-150, # C31068, will not fit your 2016 F-350.
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  • Can Bike Racks Install in Front Hitches of Vehicles
    That we are aware of no...there aren't any states that have laws against carrying bikes in front hitches like the Curt # C31018 that you referenced. Typically if you contact a DOT or highway patrol agency they'll tell you that as long as you don't obstruct the license plate and headlights there's no reason you couldn't do it. You might check with highway patrols in areas you plan to travel though.
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  • Cross Tube Won't Fit Between Frame Brackets on Front Hitch C31018 on a 2016 Ford F-350
    If you have already tightened the hardware holding the front mount hitch # C31018 side brackets to the frame then that is probably why there isn't enough space for the cross tube and receiver part of the hitch. If it is loosely installed then there is wiggle room. Even if you just loosened up one side it would make it easier. Once everything is in place and your torque the hardware to the specifications in the instructions everything should fit nice and snug.
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  • Comparing the Curt Front Hitch C31018 and Draw-Tite Front Hitch 65049 for a 2012 Ford F-250/350
    The installion instructions for the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 65049 do not require that the front lower bumper spoiler be removed therefore yes, I believe you can leave it in position while you install the trailer hitch. The process of removing the front lower bumper spoiler was done to give our viewers a better look at what was going on which is why it was removed in the video. Please note that if you don't want to do any trimming of the front lower bumper...
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  • Can Cargo Carrier be Used with a Super Hitch Original and SuperTruss Extension on 2015 Ford F-350
    Based on the picture of your set up you would not be able to use a hitch mounted cargo carrier but I do have possible solutions for you. One option is to use the Trailer Tray cargo carrier # CC-255 if there is space enough for it on your trailer. I have linked a video review of the Trailer Tray for you. The other option is to install a front mount trailer hitch on your 2015 Ford F-350 and use a cargo carrier at the front. There are some things to consider though. The cargo could block...
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  • Front Hitch Comparison for a 2016 Ford F-250 4x4
    We have two options for front hitches for your 2016 Ford F-250 4x4, but I think the best is the Draw Tite part # 65049 as it has the best price by a large margin and has a much better price than the Curt competitor part # C31018. The only advantage the Curt has is that you can flip the cross tube around so that you can have the hitch opening up higher or down lower. The Draw Tite keeps the hitch opening low. I attached a picture of what the hitch will look like once installed on a similar...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for the Front of an A-Frame Trailer
    First you will need a receiver on the front of the trailer if you want to use a hitch bike rack. We actually have the Bike Bunk # CC-275 but it is limited to 100 pounds total weight. Otherwise what I recommend is to use # D210 which has a receiver and ball mount platform allowing you to tow the trailer and carrier a bike rack with bikes. We also have some towing bike racks # S64675 and # S63390 you might be interested in. If you keep the bikes on the tow vehicle then you will not be...
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  • Front Mount Hitch Receiver for a 2015 Ford F-350 with Snow Plow
    Front mount receiver # 65022 is not a fit for your 2015 Ford F-350. I have listed # 65049 for 2- or 4-wheel drive models or # C31018 for 4-wheel drive models only. The only issue that you might run into is interference between the plow and the front mount hitch. The front mount hitch bolts to the truck frame, see the video I have linked. If the plow is attached in the same way then the hitch cannot be installed.
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  • Front Hitch for 2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    We do have front-mount hitches for your 2014 Ford F-250, Draw-Tite # 65049 (for 2WD and 4WD)and Curt # C31018 (for 4WD only), but these are rated for only 500-lbs vertical load, which is the same as tongue weight. We do not offer a higher-rated front hitch for your truck.
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  • Will Curt Cargo Carrier Fit Curt Front Receiver Hitch on a 2014 Ford F-250
    On the 19x60 Curt Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Aluminum - Folding - 500 lbs Item # C18100 it measures 10-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the carrier. The Curt front mount hitch # C31018 for your 2014 Ford F-250 is recessed less than that so the carrier will fit. But you will likely not be able to fold up the carrier unless the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the front of the truck is less than 4-1/2 inches.
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  • Compatibility of Grille Guard and Front Hitch on 2013 Ford F-250 SRW 4X4
    Curt front-mount hitch # C31018 and Westin Sportsman Grille Guard # 40-2375 are both confirmed fits for your 2013 Ford F-250 SRW 4X4. Unfortunately, both require the same mounting points on the truck's frame so both cannot be installed at the same time. Since both products are intended by their manufacturers to be installed by themselves, not in conjunction with another aftermarket product, using both at once would result in reduced/unknown capacities for both products and this is not recommende...
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